Richard Keen, 7th Field Ambulance
The story of Private Richard "Dick" Gawith Keen, is also the story of the 7th Australian Field Ambulance during the First World War.
His portrait was located in a seemingly unrelated collection in the State Library of Queensland, as part of the Q ANZAC 100 team's activities.
7th Australian Field Ambulance, Gallipoli
In July 1916 the Australian forces were heavily involved in the bloody engagement at FROMELLES, followed by offensives at POZIERES and MOUQUET FARM, in six weeks they suffered approx. 28,000 casualties.
On the 26th August they received an urgent request to relieve the 5th Field Ambulance bearers who had been on duty continuously for 13 days. 63 bearers were sent to CHALK PIT, roads were impassable for motorised vehicles, heavy artillery fire resulted in killing 8 bearers with one shell as they moved near to the firing line.
Dick married Beatrice Annie Mansbridge in 1928 in Perth, the daughter of the distinguished Colonel W.O. Mansbridge who was awarded the DSO for his actions on the day of the landing on Gallipoli 25th April 1915.
- AWM: Unit Diary, 7th Field Ambulance
- NAA: B2455, KEEN RICHARD GAWITH
- Letter from the Front. Maryborough Chronicle ... 19 July 1918: 6
- Caldwell Family Papers and Photographs, John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 3072
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